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NCJ Number: 76869 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Arson Control Guide for Volunteer Fire Departments
Author(s): H M Weisman
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
Law Enforcement Assistance Admin
United States of America

US Fire Admin
US Federal Emergency Management Agency
Arson Resource Center
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
US Fire Admin
Washington, DC 20472
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide aims to help improve the awareness of the volunteer firefighter of the factors and problems involved in combatting arson, with particular attention to the development and functions of an arson task force.
Abstract: It defines arson, discusses arson prevention and control in the volunteer system, and considers the problems the system faces in the areas of prevention and control -including a lack of reliable data, inadequate training, the lack of coordination among agencies, and the difficulties in prosecuting arson cases. In addition, guidance is provided in the development of an arson task force, a management system that works out and implements strategies to control and prevent arson. Its approach is considered simple: mobilize public and private resources and coordinate responsibilities and integrate efforts of agencies, groups, and persons who are or should be involved into an organized strike force. This strategy has worked successfully on statewide levels, in large urban communities, and in rural areas serviced by the volunteer fire department system. Even small volunteer departments can adapt some of the antiarson measures of an arson task force to meet their individual situations. Information in the guide also encourages the volunteer to be more alert to the symptoms of arson so that evidence of the crime can be recognized and safeguarded to obtain a conviction. Among the topics discussed are fire cause and origin determinations, fire scene security, field-note preparation, and appearing as a witness. Appendixes contain a glossary, a suggested model for an interlocal agreement for county arson task forces, information on existing task forces, and resource information. Suggested items for a fire investigation kit are also listed, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of representatives at Federal Management Agency regional offices are provided. Illustrations and flow charts are included.
Index Term(s): Anti-Arson Programs; Arson investigations; Evidence collection; Evidence identification; Fire departments; Procedure manuals; Volunteer programs
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